False accusations to speed up divorce time
A Conservative MP is proposing a change to the current divorce laws that force couples to separate for at least two years before they can commence divorce proceedings. Couples in Hertfordshire who are seeking to end their marriages may be aware that a divorce on the grounds that a partner has committed adultery or behaved unreasonably may be granted much sooner. According to research by the family law organisation Resolution, a significant number of couples lied in order to be granted a speedy divorce.
The report revealed that almost 60 per cent of divorce applications each year are made on the grounds that a partner had behaved unreasonably and that roughly a quarter of these were false allegations. The chairperson of Resolution said that for many couples whose marriage had broken down, living apart for two years before being allowed a divorce that did not involve making an accusation against the partner was not an option, both for financial and emotional reasons.
The proposal to create a “no fault divorce” will be heard in Parliament under the Ten Minute Rule. Granting a divorce on these grounds will give couples the opportunity to end their legal relationship in an amicable and positive manner. Relate is also encouraging the proposal, saying that partners should be given the choice to settle their differences in a cooperative manner out of court in order to encourage families to build a beneficial future after the separation.
There are five legal grounds for being granted a divorce in the United Kingdom, one of which is if the couple has lived apart for a period of at least two years. Under these grounds a couple is allowed to divorce by mutual consent without the need to make allegations against one another. A solicitor experienced in family law issues may give advice to a client who is seeking to separate amicably from their partner.
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